Pokemon Go Adds 50 Ruby and Sapphire Pokemon, Dynamic Weather System

Yolanda Curtis
December 7, 2017

"We just haven't fully investigated those and talked about how would we want to bring those into Pokemon GO".

Niantic has been listening to Pokemon Go gamers' requests, adding new content to the augmented reality gaming app like Legendary Pokemon and Shiny Pokemon. In addition to the in-game map being updated with cool new weather visuals, weather near you will impact Pokémon in a variety of ways.

IGN spoke to Niantic for clarification on the new weather system, getting additional thoughts from global product marketing lead Archit Bhargava, and product manager Matt Slemon.

Which is fitting, since both Pokemon Go Saphire and Ruby games on the GameBoy Advance were the first in the Pokemon series to actually make use of weather effects. "Those weather conditions will not only affect the appearance of the game but also affects a bunch of the mechanics of the game". Pokemon caught while taking advantage of the weather will be stronger by default, so players will want to capitalize on this new feature as best they can should they want the best monsters available out there. This will supposedly be geo-specific, meaning that, if it's raining or snowing in real life, those changes will be reflected in the game. So, get ready to explore your neighborhood in different weather. So you will find water types near water sources like lakes and beaches and that sort of thing.

The mobile gaming sensation from past year, Pokemon Go, gets two major game updates. Local weather will be taken into account, changing the rates at which some Pokémon appear and powering up certain types. An early version of this article also said Pokemon would begin spawning today, which was inaccurate and has since been corrected. You can find him rambling about Persona and cute animals on Twitter.

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